“Honor Thy Father” actor and producer John Lloyd Cruz has been recognized as one of the three Star Asia awardees at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF).

Cruz will be the first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to receive the recognition. He will also attend the NYAFF 2016 to support “Honor Thy Father,” which was directed by Erik Matti. The film is set to make its debut in New York at the festival.

“I’m looking forward to the New York fest,” The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported the actor as saying. “ It will be shown with two other Filipino movies (Ralston Jover’s “Hamog” and Mario Cornejo’s “Apocalypse Child”).”

He will be joined by Miriam Yeung of Hong Kong and Lee Byung-hun of South Korea, who are also box office artists in their own countries.

Filipina actress Therese “Teri” Malvar will also be present at the festival to receive the New York Festival’s Screen International Rising Star Asia award and to grace the screening of her movie “Hamog.”

Aside from “Honor Thy Father” and “Hamog,” Cornejo’s “Apocalypse child,” will also be screened at NYAFF. The film features Sid Lucero, Annicka Dolonius and Gwen Zamora.

The 15th NYAFF highlights Southeast Asian produced films, among others.

“We set out this year to champion a much broader range of Asian cinema,” The Film Society of Lincoln Center reported NYAFF Executive Director Samuel Jamier as saying.

“For example, we are particularly excited by a new breed of noir film, rooted in social issues, that is emerging in both China and Southeast Asia,” he explained.

“With these and other selections in the lineup, we want to show that Asian films are still exploring new directions for world cinema,” Jamier added.

The NYAFF is co-presented by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It will be held at the Film Society's Walter Reade Theater from June 22 to July 5 and the SVA Theatre from July 6 to 9.

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